One in ten children will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. To solve this problem, Holly’s House has partnered with a national, evidence-based prevention program called Think First Stay Safe. Through this program, offered completely free to schools, students PreK - 6th grade learn in a fun and engaging way:
- Body ownership and boundaries
- The top predatory lures
- Online safety
- How to identify “stormy weather people” and trusted adults
More than 85,000 students have received this program through our partnerships with local schools in the last nine years. But with 1 in 10 students at risk, we want to reach every child possible. 22,000 children are enrolled in the EVSC alone. 2,200 will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Most perpetrators are family members or family friends, who have had access to children during the pandemic. Likewise, we know that students have been without access to teachers and other trusted adults in the last year. Prevention education provides the words children need to share their truths, identity trusted adults and move forward.
Help us reach our goal of preventing abuse before it begins for an additional 2,500 students through the Walking for Dreams fundraising event.
What: Walking for Dreams (www.walkingfordreams.org)
When: Sunday May 22
Where: Bally’s Evansville Events Plaza
Why: Raise $50,000 = 2,500 kids receive vital lessons to keep them safe from predators
AND Holly's House receives $10,000 in matching funds reaching another 500 kids if we meet our goal of $50,000
How can you help?
$5,000 Event - an entire school learns about predatory lures in a safe environment
$2,500 High Stepper - 10 classrooms receive vital prevention education
$1,000 Finish Line - 2 classrooms learn to identify trusted adults and understand body safety
$500 Hydration Station - 1 classroom is taught the Think First & Stay Safe program
$200 provides an opportunity for a local club or youth group to learn
$100 sponsors 5 children in prevention education
$20 sponsors 1 child, preventing abuse through education
Walk with us! Sign up at www.walkingfordreams.org
Gather your friends and create a team to prevent even more abuse in our community! Register your team on the walkingfordreams.org site with the goal of raising $2,500 per team to support 100 students.
Once registered, share your team’s page via email, text or social media to raise your commitment. Set a goal of raising $200 per person (supporting 10 students) or $2,000 per team (supporting 100 students) to help us meet our goal to sponsor 2,500 students in prevention education! For every person that raises $200 Holly's House will receive a $25 bonus!
Holly's House is a non-residential child and adult victim advocacy center. Our mission is to empower victims of intimate crime and abuse by providing support, promoting justice and preventing violence. Our vision is to be a leader in preventing intimate crime and supporting victims and their families, while bringing awareness to the community. Holly’s House is a 501c3 organization. Please consider partnering with us to prevent abuse before it begins!